With all the movies I’ve seen recently (and am psyched to see soon!), it got me thinking about my favorite characters. I know—tough task, right? But I was able to narrow it down to 5 characters from original movies. Why only 5? Because I know if I don’t limit the list, I’ll just keep adding to it, and this will never get posted =)
So without further ado (and in no particular order!)…
- President Thomas J. Whitmore, Independence Day
This is one of my favorite movies, and President Thomas J. Whitmore (played by Bill Pullman) is basically the perfect fictious president. He’s badass, makes the tough decisions and is pretty much the man. Oh yeah, and he makes the BEST SPEECH OF ALL TIME. Even though it’s not real, it still gives me goosebumps. I can’t find a version with the visual, but this has the audio, which is almost as good!
I thought this movie was awesome when I was in sixth grade, and I think it’s awesome now. Out of a great ensemble cast, I have to go with Lucas (Rory Cochrane) as my favorite. He sits on the couch and says funny things, and for that, I love him. Example:
Lucas: Joe, I think it’s gonna be okay.
Joe: What makes you think that?
Lucas: Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear.
Priceless, love Lucas.
- Claire, The Breakfast Club
As I’ve mentioned before, I am a big fan of the Breakfast Club. Claire (AKA Molly Ringwald), as spoiled as she is, is still a character that I think it’s easy to empathize with, and appreciate. She skipped school to go shopping and is the princess of the group, but you still cheer when she and Bender get together.
- Chris, Adventures in Babysitting
If you haven’t seen this movie (which I hope you have), you should, and then you’d put Chris Parker on your favorite character list too. This movie is hilarious, and Elisabeth Shue plays this high school babysitter who goes out for an accidental night on the town with her charges with a mix of horror at her sitch and humor. Also, one of my favorite karaoke scenes from any movie is in this movie:
For reals? This Edward was the original Edward, before Twilight came along and put the name on every tweenyboppers binder. He took a chance on our favorite prostitute, punched Jason Alexandar in the face and is generally hot and amazing.
So there’s are my 5 favorite original characters. Next up: 5 favorite characters from movies, but that were developed elsewhere (TV, book, comic book).
So—what are your favorite characters from the big screen, and why? Do share!